After injuring his right ankle in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat, Boston Celtics defenseman Marcus Smart is officially listed in question for Game 4 on Monday night. Smart landed awkwardly on his ankle early in the third quarter of the competition and as a result he returned to the Boston dressing room. Moments later, however, Smart returned to the court and played to the end of the game. He finished with 16 points and seven assists in 36 minutes of play.
The play in which Smart injured his ankle can be seen below:
Adrenaline probably helped Smart get back into the game and deal with the pain in Game 3, but now the Celtics will have to wait and see how his ankle reacts before Game 4.”[He] he has a tumor on his ankle. [It was] quite a stretch,” the Celtics coach said. Ime Udoka said smart. “He finished the game, but he will feel it. Work on yourself, treatment and see how he will feel tomorrow.
Given the fact that he was able to play from his injury in Game 3, it seems likely that Smart will be able to hold his own in Game 4 again, but we’ll have to wait and see. In addition to Smart, the Celtics also placed center Robert Williams III on their dubious list for the contest. Williams missed Game 3 with knee pain. Finally, All-Star forward Jason Tatum (pinched right neck nerve) is listed as a likely Game 4.